1909 Benz and Cie "Blitzen Benz"

Long before Karl Benz merged his company with the one founded by Gottlieb Daimler (d.1900) and formed Daimler-Benz in 1926, he built this 200 horsepower chain-driven beast which set the world speed record on April 23, 1911, driven by Bob Burman.  It was much faster than contemporary airplanes.

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